I've recently been off medications I was taking for severe anxiety, I took Effexor and Buspar, but they stopped helping, I decided they were making me worse, so I switched from Effexor to Celexa. After feeling no change, still feeling constantly nervous for no reason, I decided to drop everything. After going through the withdrawals and now being completely off prescription meds (aside from occasionally having Xanax), I do feel the severity of the free floating anxiety to have gone down, but not nearly enough to say I'm better now. I was wondering if anyone knows of any medications that tend to not have adverse effects/work well? Or should I just drop pills as an option? I know everyone's experiences are different, but I'd really like some insight at the moment. x
Hi, yes everyones body reacts differently. After going thru many meds as I have had severe anxiety and panic attacks for over 20 yrs, Cymbalta, Seroquel and Xanax as needed work for me. Pristiq also worked great but it was so expensive and my phych switched it to Seroquel at night, which also helps me sleep. Hope you find the correct reciepe for yourself soon as panic attacks are one thing I wouldn't wish on anyone!
Sometimes an antidepressant medication such as Effexor or Celexa that you were taking can indeed help anxiety. This type of medication can be quite helpful and can also be taken long term as it is not addicting. It is important with medications like these that you take them exactly like prescribed and don't miss a dose for them to work properly. It is also important that you talk to your doctor about other steps that can help anxiety naturally as anxiety is something that most people need to learn to work through. You mentioned you occasionally take Xanax which I'm sure you know is extremely addictive. It does work well for panic attacks; however, it only works for a short time and your body quickly develops a tolerance to it, requiring a higher dose for it to work.
If you are going to use this type of drug, it would be beneficial for you to get into some counseling as well, perhaps learn breathing techniques, take walks, get a good support system and find other ways to help your anxiety so you do not need to depend so much on the medication. I hope this helps answer your question. Anxiety is painful. Sometimes it is through trial and error you will find the answers you need to get through it.
Everyone is different with meds. What works for you may not work for me! I am on Lithium and Manerix for 6 years now. I used to have depressions and major depressions. The last time I had to be hospitalised for 6 months until they tried different meds until they found this worked for me. I am depression free now and I give this credit to God has been there for me through all this.
Hope you find the right med for yourself, I said a prayer for you.
Something as simple as Valium may help. Writing in a journal, find a hobby, teach something to someone, do volunteer work. Something to help build self esteem and self worth. Find out what the root of the depression anxiety is? There are different types of meds such ad SSRI, SNRI and two others which helps on different parts of the brain. Good luck
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